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sent to four of the best cities of the realm, and his head remained still in London. And within a little space after, the king commanded, by the advice of his council, that the queen his mother should be kept close in a castle, and so it was done ; and she had with her ladies and damosels, knights and squires, to serve her according 'to her estate, and certain ladies assigned to her to maintain therewith her noble estate all days of her life; but in no wise she should not depart out of the castle, without it were to see such sports as was sometime shewed before the castle' gate for her recreation. Thus this lady led forth her life there meekly, and once or twice a year the king her son would come and see her. The English chronicle sheweth divers other considerations why the earl Mortimer suffered death, the which was on Saint Andrew's even in the year of our Lord a thousand three hundred and twenty-nine, the which I pass over and follow mine author.

CHAPTER XXIV

Of the homage that king Edward of England did to the king of France for the duchy of Guyenne.

AND after that the king had done these two executions, he took new councillors of the most noblest and sagest persons of his realm. And so it was, about a year after that Philip of Valois was crowned king of France, and that all the barons and nobles of the realm had made their homage and fealty to him, except the young king of England, who had not done his homage for the duchy of Guyenne, nor also he was not summoned thereto, then the king of France by the advice of all his council sent over into England the lord d'Aubigny, the lord Beausault, and two notable clerks, masters of the parliament of Paris, named master Simon of Orleans and master Peter of Maisieres. These four departed from Paris and did so much by their journeys that they came to Wissant, and there they took sea and arrived at Dover, and there tarried a day to abide the unshipping of their horses and baggages; and then they rode forth so long that they came to Windsor, whereas the king and the young queen of England lay: and then these four caused to be known to the king the occasion of their coming. The king of England for the honour of the French king his cousin caused them to come to his presence and received them honourably; and then they published their message. And the king answered them how that the nobles of his realm nor his council was not as then about him, but desired them to draw to London, and there they should be answered in such wise, that of reason they should be content. And so they dined in the king's chamber, and after departed and lay the same night at Colebrook, and the next day at London. It was not long after but that the king came to his palace of Westminster, and all his council was commanded to be there at a certain day limited. And when they were all assembled, then the French ambassadors were sent for, and there they declared the occasion of their coming and delivered letters from their master. Then the king went apart with his council to take advice what was best for him to do. Then was it advised by his council that they should be answered by the ordinance and style of his predecessors, by the bishop of London. And so the Frenchmen were called into the council-chamber. Then the bishop of London said, `Lords that be here assembled for the king of France, the king's grace my sovereign lord bath heard your words and read the tenour of your letters. Sirs, we say unto you that we will counsel the king our sovereign lord here present, that he go into France to see the king your master, his dear cousin, who right amiably hath sent for him : and as touching his faith and homage, he shall do his devoir in everything that he ought to do of right. And, sirs, ye may shew the king your master that within short space the king of England our master shall arrive in France and do all that reason shall require.' Then these messengers werefeasted, and the king rewarded them with many great gifts and jewels ; and they took their leave and did so much that at last they came to Paris,



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